What’s In a Name?

May 16, 2013 § 8 Comments

We spent the day on “the farm” this past weekend. I say, “the farm” because there’s some debate about what we should name it.

Several weeks ago we drove my parents and niece to the 18 acres we purchased in April. We walked all over and snapped some really beautiful photos and as we rested at the peak of the property overlooking another 100 acres, Mom said, “Cedar Ridge.” « Read the rest of this entry »


An Apple a Day…& CPR

February 27, 2013 § 4 Comments

Yesterday, Lily and I sat across from one another eating apple slices while I cut a few of her receiving blankets into squares.

She gnawed on the hunk of fruit, passing it thoughtfully from hand to hand, scraping the flesh with her two new bottom teeth until a small piece dangled from the skin of the apple. « Read the rest of this entry »

A New Word

February 22, 2013 § 4 Comments

Staying faithful to my goal of posting at least once a week…

Lily, my 7.5 month old daughter, can say five words now: Da-da-da-da, Ma-ma-ma-ma, Na-na-na-na, Ba-ba-ba-ba and Grrrrr. « Read the rest of this entry »

My Nephew’s First Encounter with a Horror Movie

February 16, 2013 § 3 Comments

The Shining was on regular television the night of my Dad’s 60th birthday. My nephew Josh, ten years old at the time, saw a scene that I wish he hadn’t. « Read the rest of this entry »

Sign Here, Mr. Rob Zombie

February 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

Thirteen years ago I worked as a youth counselor for a non-profit residential program for teen girls. I wore a set of keys on a stretchy bright orange bracelet. The residents had to ask to be let into their rooms, into the bathroom, into the kitchen; they had to wait while staff unlocked the doors to go outside, eager to escape the government gray cement walls. « Read the rest of this entry »

My First Gray Hair

February 13, 2013 § 2 Comments

I noticed the sparkling silver strand while brushing my hair before a shower. I thought perhaps it was just the light’s reflection but no matter which way I turned my head the strand still shown in single protest against millions of youth deluded locks. « Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Hard Being Little

January 28, 2013 § 1 Comment

Journal Entry on 1/21/13 –

Both girls are home from school and I have Lily.

First mistake, I didn’t have a plan of action so beginning around 2pm, things started getting out of control. The girls were getting on each other’s nerves, Lily wouldn’t and still won’t take a nap; I’ve had to warn, attempt time out and think of things to do unsuccessfully. « Read the rest of this entry »

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